Ships hit during WWI


TypePassenger steamer
GRT30,396 tons (one of the largest ships hit)
Country  British
BuilderJ. Brown & Co., Ltd., Clydebank, Glasgow
OperatorCunard Steam-Ship Co., Ltd., Liverpool
HistoryProbably the most famous sinking of WWI. Its sinking and loss of life were a public relations disaster for Germany.

U-boat attacks on Passenger steamer Lusitania

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
17 May 1915U 20 (Walther Schwieger)Sunk15 miles S of the Old Head of Kinsale
51° 24'N, 8° 31'W
New York - Liverpool


1959 passengers were on board during this voyage. She sank in only 18 minutes thus the very heavy loss of life.

Position of attack on Lusitania

Media links

Dead Wake

Erik Larson

The Lusitania

Butler, Daniel Allen

SS Lusitania

Kennedy, William P.

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